Studying Systems Engineering at UVA

Systems Engineering exposes students to a wide range of topics within the field, including the economic, environmental, managerial, technical, and political aspects of large-scale systems design and implementation. Our flexible academic curricula and hands-on research opportunities prepare our undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in a multitude of disciplines.

Our Systems Engineering program places our graduates squarely at the center of the data revolution. It equips them with technical skills in areas like data science, visualization, optimization, and business analytics that are critical to decision-making, as well as the leadership and communications skills to direct efforts to design and improve large-scale systems. Through class projects, internships and their fourth-year capstone projects, our undergraduate students gain a real-world, team-based experience applying these skills in such areas as cloud computing and machine learning, unmanned aerial systems and online advertising. As a result, they are in high demand by leading corporations as well as start-ups in fields like consulting, finance, and systems integration.

Undergraduate Degree

  • Undergraduate Degree

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

    The undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering is designed for students interested in bringing people and technologies together to improve the productivity and effectiveness of organizations and address complex, multidimensional problems in society and industry.

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Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Engineering (M.E.)

    The M.E. is an intensive, non-thesis program that can be achieved on-grounds, through the highly successful distance learning program, VIRGINIA ENGINEERING ONLINE (VEO), or through our popular weekend-based ACCELERATED MASTERS PROGRAM (AMP)

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  • Master of Science (M.S.)

    Master of Science (MS) is a graduate degree for those who desire not only to acquire fundamental knowledge but also to contribute to the advancement of knowledge through independent, original research. It is a research-based degree, with a culminating dissertation or thesis.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

    The Ph.D. is an advanced graduate degree for students wishing to contribute to knowledge creation through independent, original, cutting-edge research. The Ph.D. in Systems Engineering provides a springboard for careers as an academician, as a researcher, as a consultant or in management/leadership within a university, institute, industry or government setting.

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Licensure Disclosure

As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6) & 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

Upon completion of an engineering degree program which prepares graduates for licensure or certification, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))
Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).